But not what you’re thinking.
We’ve made a small change to the plan, we’re going to take part of the day and go to Beer, the coastal English town.
Suggested as a nice, original fishing town by one of our guide books, we headed for Beer for lunch. We had to have a beer in Beer.
Beer turns out to be fairly touristy town with a busy but rocky beach. The rocks are round, but they’re sized variously from small marbles to baseballs and make walking difficult.
So the town of Beer hasÂ re purposed old conveyor belts into paths to ease beach navigation. Once you’re on the beach, for about $13, you can rent aÂ Â little cabana and two beach chairs for the day.
Boat launches and retrievals in Beer take place from the beach. To protect them from the stones, boats have their keels covered with steel plating and usually have extra supports to keep the boat upright when beached.
Boats are retrieved by winching them up onto the rocky beach. More on this, with further details, in another post. Suffice it to say that as the rest of the gang went for lunch, I had to rent a boat and take a ride.
The boat was about 14 feet long and powered by a single cylinder gas motor. The video shows the boat running at full throttle, though the video makes it look faster than it was. Still, the boat wasÂ surprisinglyÂ stable in the water. I never felt unsafe and would have taken it almost anywhere, although slowly…
The view of Beer from the water was nice and I got some neat photos of the cliffs of Beer.
I got close enough to see the caves under the cliffs. Watch out for the rocks!
The boat ride made me hungry, so I joined the rest of the group at the cliff side beer garden for Fish and Chips with mushy peas.
Finally, we decided that the rapids-running duck from Bourton-on-the-water needed to be recreated in tiny stream running through the town. So we bought a rubber duck and set about getting a good picture of him “running the rapids”. Â It took a few tries.
But we got it! Â We’ve christened him: Eddy Beer, the Danger Duck.
Then off to Dartmoor National Park.